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Nelson goes AWOL on the wall

Ellie Hockenbury - January 8, 2018

Less than 5 years ago, all 54 Democrats in the then Democrat-controlled Senate– including Sen. Bill Nelson – voted to:

  • double the length of a new border fence with Mexico
  • end the diversity visa lottery
  • spend $40 billion on border security
  • double the number of border agents to 40,000
  • stop family members of U.S. citizens from coming here on reunification visas
  • create “merit-based” visas

Current Senate Dem "Yes" Votes

on Border Security in 2013

Baldwin (D-WI)

Heinrich (D-NM)

Nelson (D-FL)

Bennet (D-CO)

Heitkamp (D-ND)

Reed (D-RI)

Blumenthal (D-CT)

Hirono (D-HI)

Sanders (I-VT)

Brown (D-OH)

Kaine (D-VA)

Schatz (D-HI)

Cantwell (D-WA)

King (I-ME)

Schumer (D-NY)

Cardin (D-MD)

Klobuchar (D-MN)

Shaheen (D-NH)

Carper (D-DE)

Leahy (D-VT)

Stabenow (D-MI)

Casey (D-PA)

Manchin (D-WV)

Tester (D-MT)

Coons (D-DE)

McCaskill (D-MO)

Udall (D-NM)

Donnelly (D-IN)

Menendez (D-NJ)

Warner (D-VA)

Durbin (D-IL)

Merkley (D-OR)

Warren (D-MA)

Feinstein (D-CA)

Murphy (D-CT)

Whitehouse (D-RI)

Gillibrand (D-NY)

Murray (D-WA)

Wyden (D-OR)

 

Before that, in 2006, Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Bill Nelson voted to construct hundreds of miles of fencing along the border. (See: Boston Globe headline: “In 2006, Democrats were saying 'build that fence!'")

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Voted In Favor Of The Secure Fence Act Of 2006. (H.R. 6061, Roll Call Vote #262: Adopted 80-19; R 54-1, D 26-17, I 0-1, 9/26/06, Nelson Voted Yea)

But terrified of upsetting their militantly-liberal base, Democrats have gone AWOL on the very policies they supported just a few years ago.  

Senator Nelson Criticized President Trump's Executive Order To Build A Wall On The U.S.-Mexico Border, Calling It A "Political Issue." "Criticized Trump's executive order to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and an expected order to control immigration more tightly. On building the wall, he said, 'there a mulitiplicity of things that can be done to protect our borders. This, unfortunately, has gotten into a political issue, and one particular demographic group is being singled out and, I think, unfairly.'" (Richard Danielson, "Sen. Bill Nelson: Trump Off To 'Rocky' Start; Should Invest In Infrastructure," Tampa Bay Times, 1/25/17)

Don’t let Democrats like Bill Nelson forget their long history of supporting many of the same measures President Trump is championing today.

Read more here from RNC Research: Dems Border Brouhaha

 

 


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